Steven Smith eyes progress in Canada

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James Ross is not the only former Lothians Championship runner-up trying to use one of the PGA Tour’s feeder circuits to follow in the footsteps of Russell Knox and Martin Laird.

While Ross looks forward to a second season on the Latin America Tour, former Dalmahoy man Steven Smith is eyeing the Canadian equivalent as his first rung on the ladder.

“I attended the PGA Tour Canada Q School this year and missed getting my card by one shot,” said Smith, who lost to Alan Anderson (Bruntsfield Links) in final of the Lothians Championship in 2011. “I will try again next year as finishing in the top five on that circuit would promote me to the Tour in 2017.”

In the meantime, Smith intends to keep himself competitive by playing on the Swing Thought Tour, where Knox, now the Scottish No.1, is a former Rookie of the Year. He also intends to play in Monday qualifiers for two PGA Tour events in 2016 – the Honda Classic and Valspar Championship.

Just to tee up in the PGA Tour Canada Q School costs $2750, while his Swing Thought Tour campaign is expected to cost around $7000.

“I’m trying to raise some funds for next season and have set up a crowd-funding campaign with Pro U Know over here in the States,” said Smith.